{Recipe} Summer Days are for Lemonade, Pear and Ginger Ice Blocks……

Summer is certainly on it’s way here, with temperatures already soaring most days and the air-conditioning running frequently. As a result of the heat I’ve been trying to organise some cold snacks and treats for the kids for after school and on the weekends. The kids have been having plenty of icy cold smoothies, yogurt, fruit salads and I’ve also been getting creative with some home-made ice block combinations which is something I do every year when things heat up. I make ours at home as Cohen has certain food sensitives to various preservatives and colours, so instead I draw…

Christmas Decorating Has Officially Commenced…..

I’m calling it and saying Christmas decorating has officially started here, despite the tree, lights and decorations still all being in the roof waiting for Ben to get up there and bring them down. I’m so excited that the first Christmas decoration in place around home is my fabulous find yesterday. For years I have been longing for a fabulous Christmas nutcracker but have never been willing to pay the extravagant prices I see on line from England and United States. But yesterday my longing and patience paid off when I stopped at just one more garage sale when I…

My 5 Top Tips for Thrifty Christmas Shopping for Non-Vintage Lovers……

Christmas is ahead and present plotting and planning are well underway for most families. When I was growing up Christmas in my family home was a pretty humble affair, there wasn’t any extravagance or excess. Christmas presents never consisted of the hottest new toy on the market, but rather things that were practical and useful or encouraged learning or physical activity. Gifts were accumulated by my mum who hunted down bargains and sales and diligently put things on lay-by. As for any other gifts they were often second hand items like bikes, a see-saw and a basketball hoop that were…

Thirfty & Vintage Dining Room Changes…..

It has been a long time since I’ve shown you any changes around home and over the last little while we’ve been chipping away at making changes and improvements. Everything here is always a work in progress from painting to decorating, as we have do things in stages and on budget when we can! I can’t believe I haven’t shown this to you all but earlier this year we updated the chairs for our dining table, as Ben wanted something more comfortable and the original chairs we had that matched the table had vinyl that was starting to split and…

Finally Forever Fondue….

If you’ve been coming here for some time you’ll know there’s been one major thing I have been wanting for my kitchen and it’s a fondue set. I’ve been picky about finding a set because it would be on display in my kitchen. In the search for a great one, I’ve even had many of my vintage loving friends keeping and eye out for me. Good thing I have such great vintage loving friends on the lookout, because it was my dear Celia of Kittys Vintage Kitsch who saw this beauty being sold by someone else who alerted me.  Perfect…

I Tend to Our Thrifty Garden in $8 Style….

Did I tell you all recently about how an excessive amount of beautiful jade plants that were dumped near our house? Well upon discovering a ridiculous amount of them had been dumped recently on my way out to collect Cohen from school, I called Ben and told him to get out on the street and collect all of them. Ben obliged and collected our bounty of fortune and we then lined them in their pots against our fence on service side of our house. The Jade plants looked so nice lined up against the fence like a little hedge that…

AHOY Sailor Boy Gets Christened……

We have had an incredible week and yesterday we added to that and had a special occasion with our wee man Fraser being christened. It was quite a hilarious morning at the church, between the delirium of Fraser’s godfather having only had two hours sleep and taking selfies, getting the giggles and Cohen announcing he knew all about evolution loud enough for most of the church to hear. Our kids have a wide knowledge of a lot of things, and there are very few subjects that are off limits, as a result it’s always interesting the times and places they…

Lessons from Sharing a Home Office & Questions to Ask Yourself….

I don’t know about other couples, but in the evenings when Ben and I are working on our own projects, we like to be in close vicinity to one another so we can talk. With three kids we don’t get much chance to have uninterrupted conversations, so in the evenings we like to try and make the most of it when the kids are in bed. But try as we might over the last few years to share work spaces, it just hasn’t worked out. Ben’s projects have grown and not to mention my stock levels and its become difficult…

When Mum Comes on a Thrifting Trip…..

Earlier this week I posted about an op shopping adventure with my mum and what I wore. Our little morning of adventure out with my mum turned out to do be quite a successful jaunt. Mum scoffed and laughed over the finds that I found exciting. I think she thinks because she’s seen it, used it or had it once lifetime ago she just doesn’t see the fuss now. Take this Forda Drinko’matic Pourer Mixer for example, I was giggling at the coolness and novelty of it all. She commented on the box being tattered, whilst I was pointing out…

Retro Cool Glasses for a Dinner Party…..

Do you know what is always exciting to an op shop lover and vintage hunter? It’s finding out about an op shop tucked away that you never knew existed. Last weekend we ventured out on a bit of a pre-lunch adventure and it turned up trumps straight away. There was no possible conceivable way these retro amber glasses were going home with anyone but me, so I grabbed the attention of volunteer pronto and got these babies wrapped up safely. I know it’s a long way off but we are hosting Christmas dinner here this year with Ben’s family, and…